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      Off the Map

      2003, Drama, 1h 52m

      93 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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      Excellent performances mark this leisurely paced film. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      A decidedly unconventional family, the Grodins lead a secluded, self-sufficient existence in rural New Mexico. Bo (Valentina de Angelis) is a restless young girl. Her father, Charley (Sam Elliott), is mired in depression, and her mother, Arlene (Joan Allen), provides for the family by tending to their garden. Their simple, though not trouble-free, lives are disrupted when an Internal Revenue Service agent (Jim True-Frost) arrives, asking questions about their unusual lifestyle.

      • Rating: PG-13

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Campbell Scott

      • Producer: Campbell Scott, George VanBuskirk

      • Writer: Joan Ackermann

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $1.3M

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      • Distributor: Manhattan Pictures International

      • Production Co: Holedigger Films Inc.

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      • May 02, 2013

        Sort of a Zen meditation about the accident that leads us to decide to discover what life is all about, that needs to discover in fact. Sometimes the writing and presentation is awkward but it comes off like well meaning, teenager-in-love awkwardness and, because of that, bearable. Beautiful New Mexico desert scenery dominates. Very approachable.

        kevin w Super Reviewer
      • Jul 27, 2009

        <b><i>"It was inescapable, my Father's depression, like some fumigator's mist filling our lungs. It came to be the focal point of our lives that summer..."</b></i> A story of a family living "off the map" trying to cope with an extremely depressed husband and father, played by Sam Elliott. All their lives become strangely affected when they are visited by an auditor (Jim True-Frost) from the IRS. It seemed like an honest portrayal of some of the sides of depression and how family and friends are affected and react to it. Campbell Scott, the director, captured the despair, loneliness and deep love that these characters felt for one another. There was some disconnect though in the film that separated the audience, which was a shame. Brilliant performances by Sam Elliott and Joan Allen.

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      • Mar 24, 2009

        An excellent movie - great characters and succeeded in making me want to live off the map!

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      • Jun 23, 2006

        [font=Century Gothic]In "Off the Map", Bo(Valentina de Angelis) is a precocious 12-year old being home schooled by her hippie parents, Arlene(Joan Allen) and Charley(Sam Elliott), who are living the life of Henry David Thoreau on a self-sustaining homestead in New Mexico.(The household income is only $5,000 per year.) In her spare time, Bo goes hunting, extorts samples from companies and is working on a credit card application. The main crisis in their household is Charley's deep depression.(My guess is that the film takes place in November 1980, shortly after the election of Ronald Reagan, an event that darkened a lot of lives.) The family income is low enough not to require them to pay income taxes, but they have not been filing the requisite forms, thus bringing them to the attention of the IRS. An auditor, William Gibbs(Jim True-Frost), arrives just as Arlene is weeding her garden in the nude...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Off the Map" strives to be an eccentric coming-of-age story but it is listless and too earnest for its own good. The only jolt of energy comes from the arrival of an IRS auditor, never a good sign. The movie cannot escape its theatrical roots, even with beautiful location shooting. I do admire the family and how they live but the film wrongly avoids any discussion of politics. The reason many people keep their earnings down to avoid paying income taxes is so they do not support the American military. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]J.K. Simmons and Sam Elliott give performances so low-key that they are practically somnabulant.(I do not know if there is a way to portray depression accurately onscreen, but this is certainly not it.) Amazingly, Joan Allen hardly registers at all. At least, Valentina de Angelis, can be relied on to rescue the movie from the doldrums.[/font]

        walter m Super Reviewer

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